PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY

Photographs are a wonderful way to remember your visit. For your own enjoyment, visitors and members are welcome to take photographs of plants, individuals, and subjects that capture the events of your visit, but a permit is necessary for those who wish to use Tower Hill as a backdrop for photography sessions as defined below.

We ask all photographers to please help us to maintain the integrity of the Gardens by honoring these policies. They are intended to ensure that Tower Hill can fulfill its goal to make the world a better place by connecting people and plants through excellence in horticulture.

GENERAL PHOTOGRAPHY POLICIES FOR ALL
1) Photographers must not interfere with the visiting experience of other guests at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
2) Moving or removing plants (inside or out) or structures that are part of the Gardens—such as benches, containers, displays, plant signs, fences, etc.—is strictly prohibited.
3) No photographer, assistant or subject may step in flower beds, fountains, walls, benches or places other than on designated paths and open grassy areas. Climbing or mounting equipment in trees or on buildings is not permitted.
4) Balloons, kites and flying lanterns are prohibited. All props must be approved at the time of scheduling.
5) All photo subjects must be fully and appropriately clothed. Swimsuit photo shoots are not permitted.
6) All cords or wires must be placed and guarded in a way that doesn’t alter the pathways and put Garden visitors at risk.
7) Photographers will be held accountable for their actions and those of clients, crew members and subjects if they damage Tower Hill facilities and property.
8) The image, logo, and name of Tower Hill Botanic Garden are registered trademarks and may not be used by outside parties without permission.
9) Tower Hill asks all photographers to respect the wishes of Tower Hill’s guests, many of whom visit Tower Hill for its tranquility among beautiful plants. Harassment of any visitor or infringement on their personal space is prohibited.
10) All appointments must be approved, scheduled, and paid for at least two weeks in advance.

Visitors may be filmed, videotaped, and/or photographed by an employee or contract photographer. Admission serves as permission for the use of images of visitors by Tower Hill Botanic Garden and its constituents. Tower Hill Botanic Garden is a public place and as such photos of our guests are permitted as they would be in any public space, such as a park, trail, or roadway. However, visitors may ask – either the photographer or a Tower Hill staff member – not to be photographed. Please contact us if you would like your picture removed from one of our online platforms.

Visitors are encouraged to share their photos of the Gardens on social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram. Join our online community by checking your images in at Tower Hill Botanic Garden or by using the hashtag #towerhillbg. You are welcome to share images you are particularly proud of with the Public Relations Department for consideration to be shared by Tower Hill with credit on our social media platforms.

Tower Hill welcomes the opportunity to have the word spread about the gardens throughout many media platforms. Photojournalists, bloggers, television crews, and freelancers must coordinate their visit with the Public Relations Department.

Portrait photography includes all wedding, engagement, quinceañera, family, maternity, portfolio, prom, graduation, and any other posed portraiture. For more information on portrait photography rates, please view our information packet.

Submit a request for Portrait Photography.

Portrait Photography Season Pass:  Photographers may wish to take advantage of Tower Hill’s Portrait Photography Season Pass program which provides considerable savings on portrait photography shoots and includes additional amenities offered only to Photographer’s Season Pass holders. For more information on portrait photography season pass rates, please view our information packet.

Submit a request for a Portrait Photography Season Pass.

Photography clubs, classes, and groups that wish to use Tower Hill as the backdrop for their session must submit their request for approval. For more information on group photography sessions rates, please view our information packet.

Submit a request for your photography club, class, or group visit.

Commercial photography includes fashion shoots, styled shoots, advertising, films, and promotion. For more information on commercial photography rates, please view our information packet.

Submit a request for Commercial Photography/Videography

The use of drones or remote-controlled aerial vehicles launched, operated, or retrieved on Tower Hill’s property is not permitted.